No. 20 TCU Opens Season with No. 12 LSU

Aug 26, 2013

No. 20 TCU (0-0) vs. No. 12 LSU (0-0)

 Date (Time)  Saturday, Aug. 31 (8 p.m. CDT)
 Location  AT&T Stadium (80,000) | Arlington, TX
 TV
 ESPN
 TV Talent
 Brad Nessler (PBP), Todd Blackledge (color), Holly Rowe (sideline)
 Radio Listing  WBAP 820 AM and 96.7 FM, KTCU 88.7 FM,
 Sirius 85, XM 85
 Spanish Radio  AM 1270 Univision Radio
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Brian Estridge (PBP), John Denton (color)
 Landry Burdine (sideline)
 Spanish Radio Talent  Miguel Cruz (PBP), Elvis Gallegos (color)
 Gametracker  GAMETRACKER
 Game Notes  TCU GAME NOTES
 Gameday Central  Gameday Central
 Multimedia  Watch Tuesday News Conference

ABOUT THE GAME
*No. 20 TCU opens the 2013 season Saturday at 8 p.m. CDT when it faces No. 12 LSU in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium.
*The Horned Frogs are opening in the Cowboys Classic for the second time in the last four seasons. In its first Cowboys Classic appearance in 2010, TCU defeated Oregon State 30-21 en route to a 13-0 campaign and Rose Bowl championship.
*TCU's last win over LSU was a 3-2 decision in the 1936 Sugar Bowl, giving the Horned Frogs their first national championship.
*TCU is facing an SEC opponent for the first time since a 30-14 win over Vanderbilt on Sept. 20, 2003.
*As TCU's head coach, Patterson is 14-10 against ranked teams and 1-0 versus SEC opponents.

SERIES NOTES
*LSU holds a 5-2-1 series lead over TCU.
*The Horned Frogs and Tigers are meeting for the first time since a 10-7 LSU win on Oct. 26, 1968 in Baton Rouge, La.
*TCU is 1-0 versus LSU in Fort Worth, 0-5-1 in Baton Rouge and 1-0 at neutral sites (1936 Sugar Bowl).
*LSU has won the last five meetings with each contest taking place in Baton Rouge.

SEASON OPENERS
*TCU is opening away from home for the 10th time in Gary Patterson's 13 seasons as head coach.
*TCU is 9-3 in season debuts under Patterson and 69-38-9 overall in openers.
*The Horned Frogs have won nine of their last 10 season openers, including victories over No. 5 Oklahoma in 2005 and No. 22 Oregon State in 2010.
*No. 12 LSU represents the highest-ranked opponent TCU has played in a season opener since a 17-10 win at No. 5 Oklahoma in 2005.

LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS
*Four of TCU's five Louisiana natives are on the defensive line with three from West Monroe.
*Defensive tackles Chucky Hunter and Terrell Lathan and defensive end James McFarland are West Monroe High School graduates. Also hailing from Louisiana are a pair of true freshmen in safety Jermaine Antoine (Loreauville) and defensive tackle Tevin Lawson (Denham Springs).
*Hunter, a junior, was an All-Big 12 selection last season, while Lathan and McFarland lettered in reserve roles as true freshmen in 2012.

TCU AT AT&T STADIUM
*TCU is making its third appearance in the last four seasons at AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium).
*In addition to a 30-21 Cowboys Classic win over Oregon State in 2010, TCU defeated BYU 38-28 in 2011.

FASHION STATEMENT
*TCU will be wearing a new Nike uniform on Saturday.
*The Horned Frogs have a three-game winning streak when debuting a new Nike uniform for a specific game. TCU defeated Utah in 2009 before a season-opening win over Oregon State and a Rose Bowl victory versus Wisconsin in the 2010 campaign.

TCU NOTABLES
*The Horned Frogs have just 10 scholarship seniors on this year's roster.
*TCU was picked third in the preseason Big 12 poll. The Horned Frogs received nine first-place votes and were just 18 points behind preseason favorite Oklahoma State.
*TCU returns eight starters from a defense last season that led the Big 12 in six categories and ranked 16th nationally, despite having faced five of the nation's top-13 offenses.
*TCU tied Texas for the national lead last season by playing 16 true freshmen.
*The Horned Frogs tied LSU and North Carolina for the most combined true and redshirt freshmen (28) to play in 2012.
*Nearly 70 percent of players who saw action for TCU last season were freshmen or sophomores.

 

 


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